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FileRecycleEmpty not working

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I did some testing earlier and it looks like FileRecycleEmpty() doesn't work when run under the SYSTEM account. I'm trying to use it as an image cleanup script run via SCCM OSD which is always run under the local SYSTEM account. When that didn't work I played around with psexec to run as SYSTEM and verified that it doesn't work. Anyone know why?

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I did some testing earlier and it looks like FileRecycleEmpty() doesn't work when run under the SYSTEM account. I'm trying to use it as an image cleanup script run via SCCM OSD which is always run under the local SYSTEM account. When that didn't work I played around with psexec to run as SYSTEM and verified that it doesn't work. Anyone know why?

FileRecycleEmpty works fine as the SYSTEM account, but it only empties the SYSTEM recycle bin. (each user has its own)

You can see this if you look in the \RECYCLER directory from anything other than Windows Explorer. The folders are named after each user's SID.

You can loop through and remove each folder, or get a list of SIDs from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.


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FileRecycleEmpty works fine as the SYSTEM account, but it only empties the SYSTEM recycle bin. (each user has its own)

You can see this if you look in the \RECYCLER directory from anything other than Windows Explorer. The folders are named after each user's SID.

You can loop through and remove each folder, or get a list of SIDs from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.

OK that makes sense then. Wish the documentation actually said that it's a per-user thing though. The function doesn't really make sense in my mind. Why ask for a drive param and not a user/all users param? To me the drive param makes it sound like it's going to delete everything from the recycle bin on that drive...not per-user.

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